Trigonella foenum-graecum L


Erect annual herb, 30-60 cm high. Rounded, branched and hollow stem. Trifoliate and petiolate leaves. The papillionaceous, white-yellowish flowers start at the leave axil. The fruit is a legume (falciform sheath) held inside between 10 to 20 square, yellow or brown seeds, divided in two unequal halves by a groove.

Fenugreek is a native to western Asia, currently has a Mediterranean and even American distribution. It is cultivated in IndiaChina and Ukraine.

Part used

The seeds.


  • To recover from anorexia, weight loss, asthenia and general convalescences.
  • Anemia
  • Type II diabetes mellitus
  • Gastritis, gastroduodenal ulcer
  • Rickets and osteomalacia
  • Hepatitis
  • Constipation
  • Upper respiratory tract cold
  • Acne
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Oxalic lithiasis.
  • Topical application: stomatitis, gingivitis, pharyngitis, furuncles, blepharitis, abscesses, conjunctivitis, vaginitis, crural ulcers, eczema.

*** Fenugreek is used in cooking and cosmetics for its aroma.

It is also used to provide diosgenin to industry, the base for steroidal hormones hemi-synthesis.


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